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We #WishYouWereHere at Divi Resorts!

Photo of Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
Photo by: Tara, Luxe Tourista

We hope you’re missing us as much as we’re missing you! We can’t wait to welcome you back to our beautiful islands soon but in the meantime, we’ve gathered up quotes from some of our favorite blogs and articles about our islands and resorts to get you in the spirit and inspire you for future vacations in 2020. Don’t forget to tell us why you #wishyouwerehere on Instagram!

Photo of Divi Little Bay Beach Resort

ST. MAARTEN
“If you’re looking for a slice of heaven on earth, look no further than Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten. Divi Resort is located on a small, private peninsula on the Dutch side of the island, on St. Maarten’s Little Bay. Here, you will find beautiful 360 views, where the turquoise sea blends into lush green hills.” – Jill Deconti, The Luxe Travelers

Read the full article here: www.theluxetravelers.com/divilittlebay


Windows on Aruba Brunch - Waffles

ARUBA – Windows on Aruba “We had a very memorable and beautiful dining experience both at dinner and at brunch. The staff is welcoming, warm and kind. They, in fact, go all out to make this the best dining experience you will have on the island and its heavenly. Scenery, coupled with a brilliant menu truly creates the quintessential brunch visit on the island.” Dana Vento

Read the full article here: danavento.com/sophisticated-aruba-dining-experience-for-brunch


Views from Rainforest Adventures

ST. MAARTEN
“If you need a little adventure in your life, the world’s steepest zip line is here on St Maarten just for a thrill! It is pure adrenaline at 56 miles per hour in a drop! It is located at an eco-adventure park called Rockland Estate and the park is known as Rainforest Adventures. And honestly, it may be high up on the mountain, but it really was a fun ride down.” – Dr. Cacinda Maloney, Points & Travel

Read the full article here: www.pointsandtravel.com/things-to-do-in-st-maarten


Turtle swimming in the ocean

BARBADOS
Dive into an underwater world where turtles, fish and colorful sea creatures abound. Climb aboard Tiami’s 60-ft catamaran to spend the day snorkeling and swimming side-by-side with turtles and a variety of exotic fish, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Divi Resorts Blog

Read the full article here: https://blog.diviresorts.com/blog/island-adventures-10-reasons-to-visit-barbados/


Beach views at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

ARUBA
“Idyllic Aruba lures more than a million sunseekers to its sandy shores each year, who come for the pristine beaches, fantastic weather, world-class kiteboarding spots, lively nightlife scene, and even a chance to get up close and personal with pink flamingos.” – Tamara Elliot, Globe Guide

Read the full article here: www.globeguide.ca/divi-resorts-in-aruba


ST. MAARTEN
“The Dutch side is known for their stunning turquoise beaches and one of the best is Mullet Bay. Located close to Maho Beach, it is the quieter and bigger of the two. There are a couple local bars on the beach offering cold drinks and typical island cuisine.” – Tara, Luxe Tourista

Read the full article here: https://luxetourista.com/top-5-places-to-visit-in-dutch-st-maarten

DISCOVER BARBADOS BRITISH HERITAGE

Barbados is the land of lush landscapes, sandy beaches and flavorful rum, with a strong British influence from its many years of British occupation beginning in the 1600s. In 1966, Barbados gained its independence from the United Kingdom, and even though more than 50 years have passed, the country’s impact on the island is still seen in Barbados’ culture, architecture and traditions.

So how do you enjoy “old blighty” in the Caribbean you ask?

Catch a Sporting Event on Barbados
First, start with a spot of tea, then dress in your best whites to watch a game of cricket with refreshing gin of tonics included, of course. If cricket isn’t your thing, enjoy a chukka of polo plus stomping divots or a thrilling horse race at the Barbados Turf Club located within the Garrison Historic area just outside Bridgetown.

Watch the Changing of the Guard Show
A time-honored British tradition, every Thursday at noon, the Barbados Defense Force hosts a Changing of the Sentry ceremony at the main guard of the Barbados Garrison in Bridgetown. Donning the colorful Zouave uniform chosen by Queen Victoria in 1858, this unique display of British culture lasts about fifteen minutes. Be sure to get there early to snag a great viewing spot and snap a cheeky photo! While in Bridgetown, you’ll also want to stop by the Parliament Buildings to capture a few pictures. Built in 1870, these buildings have been the seat of government on Barbados since 1874 and were formerly the site of Colonial administration.

Step Back in Time at a Stately Plantation Home
Barbados is steeped in history and spotted with picturesque plantation homes that transport you into the past. When the British arrived on the island in 1625, they built statuesque plantation homes to grow tobacco, cotton and sugar. Several homes have since been restored and refurbished for public viewing, and one, the St. Nicholas Abbey, even distills its own rum, which you can sample in their tasting room.

Visit Historical Museums & Buildings
For even more history, visit the Arlington House Museum, a restored 18th century building in Speightstown with an interactive 3-story museum, or stop by the Barbados Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to learn more about the island’s unique culture.

Stop by the Bridgetown Jewish Synagogue
Built in 1654, this historic synagogue was destroyed by a hurricane in 1831 but has since been restored to its original beauty. Right next door is the Nidhe Israel Museum, a museum that traces Jewish history in Barbados and highlights their contribution to Barbadian society

Take a Trip to the St. James & St. John Parish Church
These churches are amongst the four oldest surviving churches in Barbados. St. James is located near the site of the first settlement in Holetown and its church features a bell with the inscription, “God bless King William 1696.” The bell predates the American Liberty Bell by 56 years.

Enjoy High Tea with Bajan Fish & Chips
Yummy scones and tea are still a part of Bajan culture, and dishes similar to the UK’s famous fish and chips made with an island twist are local delicacies on the island. One of Barbados’s most popular meals is fried flying fish served with rich macaroni pie. Stop by Divi Southwind’s pureocean Restaurant to sample this delicious fish dish, and try it with a splash of malt vinegar for an extra kick of flavor!

Divi Resorts Offering Up to 50% Off for Military, Community Police and Firefighter Families Just in Time for Veterans Day

Book before November 27, 2019 to score up to 50% off your next vacation!

Divi Resorts is proud to support those who have served their country and communities by offering 20% discount off best available rates year-round. Plus, in honor of Veterans Day, Divi Resorts is offering military families up to 50% off all resorts on Aruba, Bonaire, Barbados and St. Maarten. This limited-time offer runs from now until November 27, 2019 for travel through December 20, 2019.

“The jobs these brave men and women perform are vital to our communities, and we’re happy to give back in any way we can,” said Marco Galaverna, Divi Resorts President & COO. “That’s why we’re offering a limited-time deal of up to 50% off all of our Divi Resorts Caribbean destinations for those who have or are currently serving our country and communities.”

This limited-time offer is available to all military personnel, firefighters, and police, including those who are on active service, reserve, and retired, in addition to their spouses and children.

Divi Resorts’ tropical Caribbean locations span the beautiful islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Barbados and St. Maarten, and provide the perfect vacation destination to help those who serve relieve their stress, relax, rejuvenate and unwind with a wide variety of on-site amenities including elegant restaurants with mouthwatering menus, lively bars with thirst-quenching libations, fabulous freshwater pools, spectacular beaches, water sports, spas and much more!

Divi’s all-suite accommodations are perfect for couples on the hunt for a romantic getaway and families needing extra space to stretch out. And since room only stays are priced per room and not per person, solo travelers can also enjoy Divi’s safe, friendly islands, without the added cost.

Divi’s Veterans Day sale runs from now until November 27, 2019 for travel through December 20, 2019. Divi’s 20% Military Discount is available year-round.For reservations, book online at www.diviresorts.com/military.htm or call 1-800-367-3484 (Toll-free US) or 1- 919-419-3484 (International). For group reservations, please call 1-800-801-5550 or email groupsales@diviresorts.com.

Sale Terms & Conditions
This offer applies to reservations made from now until November 27, 2019 for travel through December 20, 2019. Discount based on rack pricing. All-inclusive rates based on double occupancy. Taxes & services charges NOT included, except for All-Inclusive packages. 3-night minimum stay required for All-Inclusive packages. No maximum night stay is required. Restrictions & blackout dates apply. Full payment is required at time of reservation. Cancellations must be received at least 7 days prior to arrival for refund. Offer is subject to availability and may be discontinued at any time. Offer valid on new reservations booked at a nightly rate only. Offer not valid on timeshare reservations. Cannot be combined with any other Divi special offer.

Wedded Bliss Awaits Couples at Divi Resorts’ Top Caribbean Destinations

Prepare for the perfect wedding, vow renewal, honeymoon or anniversary at Divi Resorts!

Couples on the hunt for the perfect place to tie the knot need look no further than Divi Resorts! Cool breezes, soft white sand and turquoise waters set the mood for a dreamy Caribbean destination wedding, vow renewal, honeymoon or anniversary celebration on Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire or St. Maarten. Plus, with Divi’s special wedding and romance packages, couples can celebrate their love story in style without breaking the bank.

“Destination weddings in the Caribbean are truly one-of-a-kind and happy couples look to Divi Resorts to provide expert wedding planning and execution. Couples can rest assured that arranging and coordinating a long-distance wedding will be made that much easier in the hands of our professionals to ensure a flawless day full of love and memories,” said Marco Galaverna, Divi Resorts President & COO. “And our romance packages are ideal for those celebrating honeymoons and special anniversaries!”

Whether you’re seeking a large group wedding, a small and intimate affair or a popular retie the knot ceremony for immediate family, Divi Resorts offers all the pre- and post-ceremony fun and adventure on Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire and St. Maarten. 

From the moment you and your guests arrive, our on-site amenities, including fabulous freshwater pools, exhilarating land and water sports, diving and snorkeling, elegant restaurants with mouthwatering menus, lively bars with creative cocktails, indulgent spas and much more will keep everyone busy, entertained and in the party mood!

Divi offers the following Wedding Package for the soon-to-be newlyweds when 10+ room reservations are booked for wedding guests:

  • Complimentary One-Bedroom Suite
  • Turndown Service
  • Fresh Flowers & Champagne on Arrival
  • Free Daily Breakfast
  • Free 4- or 7-Night Return Anniversary Stay (in the same resort as the original stay)
  • Free Couples Massage

There’s also a helpful Ceremony Package available that provides:

  • On-Island Wedding Coordinator
  • Wedding Ceremony
  • Fresh Floral Bouquet & Groom Boutonniere
  • Palm Fringed, Sand Swept Aisle
  • Non-Denominational Minister & Service
  • Champagne Toast
  • 1-Tier Wedding Cake
  • 1-Hour Photography

For more information on Divi’s Wedding and Ceremony Packages or to check availability, visit www.diviresorts.com/weddings.htm.

Divi’s Romance Packages are perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries or any romantic occasion! Five-night romance packages start at $528 per person ($106 per person, per night). Seven-night romance packages start at $711 per person ($102 per person, per night). Both packages include:

  • Accommodations in a one-bedroom suite
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • One romantic candlelit dinner for two
  • Welcome turndown service for the first night with special treats such as bedside candles, a petal-strewn bed, a chilled bottle of champagne in a keepsake souvenir wine cooler bag, two souvenir champagne flutes and chocolate or tropical fruits

All-inclusive romance package options are available on Aruba and St. Maarten. For more information on Divi’s Romance Packages or to check availability, visit www.diviresorts.com/honeymoons.htm.

Divi Resorts also offers exclusive honeymoon registries to four properties: Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort on Aruba, Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten and Divi Southwinds Beach Resort on Barbados. Couples can sign up for this personalized and customizable honeymoon registry and choose to accept contributions toward a wide range of experiences, services and amenities, including nights at the resort, fine dining, casual dining, spa treatments, welcome turndown packages, snorkel adventures, sunset sails, flower arrangements and much more. Guests can also make general contributions toward the couple’s stay. For more information or to sign up, visit www.diviresorts.honeymoonwishes.com.

For a limited time, couples can enter for a chance to win a 5-night Romance Package. One lucky couple who shares their love story at www.diviresorts.com/honeymoons.htm will win an all-inclusive 5-night vacation to St. Maarten with two tickets to AquaMania Adventures’ Tango Dinner Cruise, a 50-minute Couples Pure Relaxation Massage at Indulgence by the Sea Spa, and turndown service on the first night.*

Enter before November 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET!

*Airfare and transportation not included. Travel must be completed before November 25, 2020. See terms and conditions for more details.

DIVI CARES: Fall 2019

ARUBA

Staff Beautifies Beaches for AHATA’s 18th Coastal Cleanup
Staff members banded together to support an important environmental cause, volunteering their time to clean up beaches on the south side of the island for AHATA’s 18th Annual Coastal Cleanup. The cleanup was a huge success in helping keep Aruba’s beaches pristine and free of trash.

Divi Aruba Phoenix Donates Linens to Families in Need
When Divi Aruba Phoenix received a call from the Minister of Social Affairs office asking for help providing local families in need with bed linens, towels and pillows, the resort was happy to assist! Housekeepers gathered the requested items and delivered them personally to the Minister’s office for distribution to those in need.

BONAIRE

Divi Flamingo Staff Read to Local School Children
Staff members, including Divi Flamingo’s General Manager Celine Van Meer, had a great time volunteering to read to children with special educational needs at Het Koraal for Bonaire’s Reading & Writing Foundation.

BARBADOS

Divi Southwinds Sponsors Lunch for Education Organization
Lunch is on Divi Southwinds! The resort recently sponsored lunch for EQ Barbados, a local organization with a mission to facilitate the development of a critical mass of 50,000 highly emotionally intelligent young Barbadians by 2025. Divi Southwinds’ General Manager Charles Maynard also presented a donation check to Ms. Lisa Gale, the team lead for Public Education at EQ Barbados.

ST. MAARTEN

Resort Hosts Food Drive for Local Foster Home
Staff and guests at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort were all smiles as they hosted a food drive for the local New Start Foundation foster home. A variety of non-perishable food items were gathered throughout the week and donated to the foster home to help the children in their care. The recipients expressed their sincere appreciation, saying that these food items will go a long way to fill their needs.

Stay Healthy the Divi Way!

At Divi Resorts, and we truly pride ourselves on being your healthy escape in the Caribbean, using only the freshest ingredients to create tasty yet wholesome dishes the whole family will love. We recently caught up with Windows on Aruba’s Executive Chef Darwin Torres, to learn more about how he and other Divi Resorts chefs ensure nutritious options are always available.

“We are committed to making healthy eating easy for guests at Divi Resorts,” said Torres. “I’ve done a great deal of research on nutritious eating and cooking habits, and with that knowledge, I’ve developed delicious recipes that are actually good for you. The key is to surround yourself with wholesome products that are full of flavor.”

Torres says using assorted fruits, spices, vinegars, marinades, mustards, herbs, exotic roots and grains in his recipes helps “kick it up a notch’’ without adding unnecessary calories or fat. Cooking with “good” oils like olive, canola, avocado and safflower also helps to keep his dishes nutritious.

For his low-carb recipes, Torres swaps out white rice and other empty carbohydrates with whole grains and legumes to keep blood sugar levels stable.

“Changing the way you cook your food also makes a difference,” Torres added. “We roast instead of fry, and grill for flavor using low-fat or no-fat sauces and dressings.”

Torres’ healthy selections include his savory Grilled Salmon, exotic Stir-Fry Vegetables, mouthwatering ratatouille-style Vegetable Casserole and many gluten-free and vegan items, among others.

“We think you should leave every meal feeling refreshed, reinvigorated and full of energy,” said Torres. “It’s never too early to kick off your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, and we’re here to help satisfy your appetite with tasty island cuisine that packs a healthy punch!”